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The Psychology of Cutting: The reasoning behind self-mutilation... What is the rationale behind the concept of cutting?  Why do some people insist on abusing themselves?  Research conducted on women in the Middle Eastern culture (in particular, Turkey) and in American culture revealed some telling features regarding the psychological reasons for self-mutilation. Of particular … ...
APA Names Members of CEO Search Committee Panel of 15 represents range of discipline of psychology
APA Launches New Journal: Stigma and Health The American Psychological Association has announced that it has begun publishing a new journal,
Teachers Bully Too.. My nine year old jumped into our SUV after school one day last week let out a deep breath.  “Long day buddy?” I asked him and ruffled his hair.  He … ...
You Can’t Un-Know Love Inspiration often arises from the threads of friend’s Facebook pages. This one emerged from the heart of my friend Pamela Madsen, a bold and outspoken writer and teacher whose focus is relationships … ...
Does Being Neurotic Help Us Be More Creative? Woody Allen admits he has “a lot of neurotic habits. I don’t like to go into elevators, I don’t go through tunnels, I like the drain in the shower to … ...
Have a Worry? This Will Shrink It (For Now) Mark Twain once said, “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” But what if we had a way to shrink those worries in … ...
6 Addiction Recovery Groups You Never Knew Existed 12-step groups have evolved beyond just treating addictions. If you can think of a problem, there’s a 12-step group out there to cure it. It seems that things have been a little rough lately. What was once a bad habit has, over time, turned into … ...
House of Cards and Psychology | Season 4 Preview (This post contains spoilers for Seasons 1-3 of House of Cards.) This weekend Netflix released the fourth season of the phenomenally popular political drama, House of Cards. Truly one of the first TV … ...
The link between our obsession with Facebook and our shrinking brain Our obsession with social websites like Twitter and Facebook is the side-effect of an evolutionary process that caused our brains to shrink, according to Professor Bruce Hood. “As people settled down into fixed communities for the first time, with the connection to a single place and the relative peace and security that brings, I think [...]
Using a computer, social activities tied to reduced risk of memory decline Keeping the brain active with social activities and using a computer may help older adults reduce their risk of developing memory and thinking problems, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15 to 21, 2016. “The results show the [...]
Allowing people to see their own brain activity might help them motivate themselves At our best, we motivate ourselves every day to get dressed and go to work or school. Although there are larger incentives at work, it’s our own volition that powers us through our innumerable daily tasks. If we could learn to control the motivational centers of our brains that drive volition, would it lead us [...]
How many types of neurons are there in the brain? For decades, scientists have struggled to develop a comprehensive census of cell types in the brain. Now, in a pair of companion papers, researchers at Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute describe powerful new approaches to systematically identify individual classes of brain cells, or neurons, in the spinal cord. In doing so, they [...]
Brain connectivity reveals hidden motives To understand human behaviors, it is crucial to understand the motives behind them. So far, there was no direct way to identify motives. Simply observing behavior or eliciting explanations from individuals for their actions will not give reliable results as motives are considered to be private and people can be unwilling to unveil – or [...]
Depicting is necessary for much of human communication When we think of language, we usually think of words, phrases, and sentences–strings of abstract symbols. In research over the past 50 years, cognitive and social scientists have developed extensive accounts of how people communicate with these symbols. But when people are face to face, they also communicate with actions that depict people, objects, and [...]
Helping Clients Release the Need to Control In the west, we’ve been conditioned to believe that the goal of life is to be happy. Therefore it’s not at all surprising that the majority of us struggle with negative feelings when they inevitably emerge. But in spite of the promises of an ever … ...
New technology reveals the genetic origin of newborn neurons in the brain Our brain is home to different types of neurons, each with their own genetic signature that defines their function. These neurons are derived from progenitor cells, which are specialized stem cells that have the ability to divide to give rise to neurons. Neuroscientists from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) shed [...]
Unilateral facial paralysis makes it difficult to recognize other people’s emotions There are two premises. First, scientific research has demonstrated that when we look at other people’s facial expressions, we tend to imitate them in an imperceptible and subconscious manner through a process known as facial mimicry. The hypothesis is that this behaviour helps us understand the emotions we are watching. The second thing we need [...]
The magical thing eating chocolate does to your brain Research shows that people who eat chocolate at least once a week tend to perform better cognitively.
Neuronal calculations consider expectations Our visual environment is incredibly complex. The smallest of spaces contain innumerable colours, structures and contrasts. Despite this we are able to identify objects and movements with high accuracy. Even the fruit fly, which only has a fraction of our neurons, can manage these distinctions. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried [...]